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TXvsUS: Affordable Health Care and Medicaid Threatened

Background: Beginning on July 9th, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act(ACA). The hearing follows last year’s decision by a lower court judge in Texas that ruled the ACA unconstitutional,…

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[Updated 6/19] Money Follows the Person – Empower Care Act

Latest 6/19: Last night, the House passed an extension for Money Follows the Person! Along with other organizations, today we’re taking this opportunity to encourage the Senate to help fund MFP as well. Please promote our latest action alert: Tell Congress: Help Promote Independence and…

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In Preparation for Capitol Hill Day

As we prepare for Capitol Hill Day and the 100th anniversary celebration, we want to be sure to thank supporters of our Congressional Resolution and encourage those who haven’t co-sponsored to do so. Please use the following sample posts as a tool.   Important links:…

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Easterseals 100th Anniversary Congressional Resolution Information

A bipartisan congressional resolution, H. Res. 100, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to acknowledge Easterseals’ start in 1919 and to honor our 100 years of service to children and adults with disabilities, veterans, older adults, and other Americans.   H. Res. 100,…

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Medicaid Block Grant and Per Capita Caps Talking Points

** POSSIBLE REGULATORY ACTION **  The Trump Administration announced their plans to issue a proposed rule to “streamline” Medicaid’s regulatory framework to “relieve regulatory burdens” and to “support State flexibility.” Recent reports indicate that the Administration is considering changing Medicaid’s current federal government funding guarantee…

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Support of Early Education Funding – August 2018

Background: In conjunction with the start of school and this week’s U.S. Senate consideration of a major funding bill, we ask Congress to finalize robust funding for Easterseals-operated early intervention and learning programs, including Preschool Grants for Children with Disabilities, the Early Intervention Program for…

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U.S. Senate To Consider Supreme Court Nominee

8/7 – This fall, the U.S. Senate is expected to consider President Trump’s nominee, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, for the U.S. Supreme Court. Decisions made by the Supreme Court can impact the lives of all Americans, including children and adults with disabilities served by Easterseals….

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[Resolved] Legislation to Delay Electronic Visit Verification

UPDATE 7.31. On July 30, President Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation (H.R. 6042) supported by Easterseals to delay implementation of the electronic visit verification (EVV) requirement for certain Medicaid services. The new law provides states an additional year to implement the EVV system for…

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Medicaid Anniversary 2018

For the anniversary of Medicaid this year we will be putting further support behind the Money Follows the Person program. Please see these additional resources along with the following messaging below:   Help Promote Community Living and Services for Individuals with Disabilities   Dear Supporter,…

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Statement on Threats to Healthcare (July 2018)

Background: This statement is to address any previous and upcoming threats to healthcare, including movements to repeal, cuts or caps to funding, actions involving the risk adjustment program and protections for people pre-existing conditions.   Full statement 7/17: Easterseals Statement on Threats to Access to…

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